We’ve done several posts on David Mason, the exceedingly talented poet and Colorado College professor who’s not only received numerous accolades for his 2007 epic verse novel Ludlow (winner of the Colorado Book Award), but also recently had a poem published in The New Yorker—crowning achievements, indeed! Now Mason can put another feather in his wreath: Colorado Poet Laureate. Governor Bill Ritter will officially make made the announcement on the West Steps of the State Capitol in Denver on Thursday, July 1 at 9:30 a.m. Congratulations to David Mason. It’s a great honor for him and for the city.

Here’s an interview with David Mason from last year and his reading of the poem “Fathers and Sons”, which was published in the September 28, 2009 edition of The New Yorker:

Interview and reading of “Fathers and Sons” by David Mason

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Here’s Mason reading an excerpt from Ludlow:

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2 Responses to Springs Poet = Colorado Laureate

  1. Daisy says:

    Kudos to Dave Mason! We’re lucky to have him as our Poet Laureate.

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    Thanks for rerunning this interview–it touched my heart.

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